What is your airplane of choice to own, and why?

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What is your airplane of choice to own, and why?

Posted by Paul Lilly on Jun 4, 2017 2:09 pm

We all have our favorites! But why do we choose them? Is it the utility that matches your mission; is it the ramp appeal; was it the model your father owned; or does it just happen to be the one that is available at your local airport? Our paths to our passion likely help influence our choice.

I would like to know! Let's share how we got to where we are today.

I'll start!

I have a V Tail Bonanza as my choice to own. It has the capability of getting me quickly to places my wife and I like to go to, and with the tip tanks, non stop. Of course all Bonanzas do that, but I picked the V Tail model because of it's unique look. I had always been partial be Beech because I trained at a Beech Aero Center in Sundowners and Sierras. The center always had Bonanzas available although I did not fly them during training, I loved to look at them and see them fly. Shortly after my training the Beech Aero Centers closed, but many of the schools kept the planes on leaseback and continued to operate, and I rented them until I could afford my own. My favorite plane to own today, has a lot to do "brand-wise" with where I started a long time ago. Then within that brand finding the model that fit my mission and style.

So what is your favorite airplane to own and why?  Your turn to share!


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Re: What is your airplane of choice to own, and why?

Posted by Richard Gallaher on Apr 16, 2018 12:17 pm

I learned in the R22 before it was equipped with a governor. If Frank Robinson didn't build that helicopter I probably never would have flown one. He fulfilled my dream from the time I was 5 years old watching helicopters at the local airport as they lifted off in front of me. I would cry if my mother didn't take me to the airport to watch them fly. I was drawing detailed Bell helicopters in class by the time I was in second grade. Yes, I would have to say the Robinson R22, the aircraft that finally fulfilled my childhood dream.

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Posted by Terry Propst on Apr 23, 2018 9:41 am

My nephew and I own a Cesnna 182 RG. It's great for getting from one place to another and carrying a load. But I also own a Vans RV-6A which I love to fly. Plus the cost difference in maintenance is great!!